Timely 8-0 Run Helps Vermont Subdue Ducks
from press release
BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Vermont Catamounts used an 8-0 run sandwiched around halftime to erase a 5-0 deficit and earn an 11-9 victory over visiting Oregon in non-conference women's lacrosse action at Moulton Winder Field on Friday afternoon.
"We were a little slow to start and we were getting outhustled to a lot of the loose balls and draw controls. We called a timeout kind of regrouped and the players responded with an impressive run from there and really battled back. I'm really proud of our team effort today," said Vermont head coach Jen Johnson.
The Ducks built a 5-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes as Jess and Jana Drummond combined for three goals and an assist.
Jess opened the scoring off a feed from her sister at 28:36 and the duo scored back-to-back goals at the 26:53 and 24:50 marks of the opening period of play. Alex Breiner converted an 8-meter shot at the 21:12 mark to close out the five-goal rally.
At 19:24, Lauren Johnson scored on a free position shot to put Vermont on the board. Freshman Sydney Mas, the reigning America East Player and Rookie of the Week added back-to-back goals on feeds from Megan MacDonald to slice the lead to two, 5-3, with 16:46 remaining in the half.
Oregon extended its lead to four behind a pair of goals from Jana Drummond and Lara Bennett with 11:45 left in the stanza.
Following the Bennett tally, the momentum turned in Vermont's favor. Mas added her third goal of the game at the 10:23 mark on an 8-meter shot and ignited the Catamounts' comeback effort.
Adison Rounds added a pair of goals three minutes apart and Samantha Stern evened the game up with nine seconds remaining in the half. Stern was able to finish off a feed from Allison Pfohl for the game-tying tally.
The two teams headed into halftime with the score knotted 7-7 and UVM scoring the final four goals of the half.
The Catamounts continued to carry the action to start the second stanza. At the 23:56 mark, Caitlyn Clark fired in her seventh goal of the season, to give UVM its first lead of the game, 8-7. Clark's goal would prove to be the game-winner.
UVM scored three more times off goals from Rounds, Mas and Pfohl to push out in front 11-7 with 11:04 left.
Oregon increased the pressure on Vermont. Bina Barrett found Jana Drummound for her third goal of the game at the 7:16 mark to cut the lead to three.
Mas picked up a yellow card with 4:40 remaining in the game forcing UVM to play with just 11 players for the next three minutes. The Ducks managed to score just once more in that stretch despite playing with an extra player and UVM goalkeeper Laura Barber came up with a couple key stops to help the Catamounts complete the comeback effort.
Mas finished the game with a team-high four goals and won four draw controls. Rounds added three tallies and McDonald handed out four assists for Vermont. Barber finished the game with seven stops in net.
Jana Drummond led Oregon with three goals and an assist. Salliebeth Finnegan and Caroline Federighi combined to make seven saves in the Oregon net, as each played a half.
Vermont improves to 5-4 overall and surpasses its win total from the 2010 campaign. The Catamounts have won three straight and five of their last six games.
Oregon, who was playing the third of four games on the East Coast, falls to 4-5 on the year.
The Catamounts return to action on Sunday (March 27) when they host Stony Brook at 12 p.m. at Moulton Winder Field.
Tickets to all UVM women's lacrosse home games can be purchased online at UVMathletics.com, via the phone at 802-656-4410 or at the Gutterson Fieldhouse ticket office the day of the game. Sunday is $1.00 Hot Dogs presented by Sodexo/University Dining.
Live video of the game will also be available on a pay-per-view basis ($4.99) via CatamounTV at UVMathletics.com.
NOTES: America East Player of the Game: Adison Rounds ... Sydney Mas has scored 24 goals and 29 points in the last six games for Vermont ... She has 10 goals in the last two games ... The win was UVM's first-ever against Oregon in the five meetings between the two teams in the all-time series.
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